Jasper student run radio expanding its reach

DUBOIS CO., IN (WFIE) - The student run radio station at Jasper High School has been broadcasting for a little over a year, but the audience has been limited to school grounds. Now, that's about to change.

Jasper High School's 93.7 'The Scratch' has always been a fairly small operation. But thanks to a recent upgrade in wattage, 93.7 will soon be able to be broadcast to the entire city of Jasper from this small station here at the school.

Media Teacher Evan Elrod says he took advantage of the most recent government shutdown to apply for a special permit from the FCC, allowing 93.7 to extend its reach.

That permit has been granted, and now the radio station will grow from .25 watts to 100.

The Huntingburg Airport has offered to donate one of its approach towers to the school for the radio station. But Elrod says moving and installing one of those towers would be too expensive. Instead, Elrod says he will likely get a less expensive antenna from Electronics Research, Inc in Chandler.

"Really excited about it. It's a good opportunity for the students to be involved in something that they enjoy. These kids, they love music. They connect to music. This is an opportunity not only for them to utilize some of those skills connecting to music, but also to speak to the community and be a part of the community," Elrod says.

Elrod says they're hoping to relaunch the radio station by April 23, which is National High School Radio Day.

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